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Freedom Rock to be dedicated

Posted September 25, 2013 in Community Featured

September is always a crazy month around our office and this year is no exception. Besides preparing for Pancake Day, we have been working on a program to recognize people and businesses that do good things. Look for more about this effort in next month’s Appanoose Living.

We are also excited about the new Appanoose County Freedom Rock located on the southeast corner of the courthouse lawn. Dedication of the Freedom Rock will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Pancake Day. The Appanoose County Freedom Rock was painted in August by artist Ray “Bubba” Sorenson. On the front side of the rock Brigadier General Francis Drake, a Centerville native, is featured along with the first USS Iowa. The back side of the rock features a soldier hugging his daughter upon returning from military duty. A Centerville streetscape is featured in the background. The rock also includes images of an American flag, seals of the five military branches and a gold star signifying a soldier killed in action.  The Appanoose County rock was funded through the Appanoose County Tourism Committee. The Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce coordinated the placement. The rock was donated by L& W Quarries.Those involved with placing the 17,740 pound rock were Steve Hawkins from the Centerville Street Department, Dave McCann from Cicco Construction, Steve Close, Myra Close, Tim Opperman and Mike Sharp from L&W Quarries, Doyle McDonald and Brad Munden from Iowa Steel & Wire, Officer Angie Widmar from Centerville Police Department and Gary Cridlebaugh. Thanks to all those who were involved. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check it out, Pancake Day will be a good time to do so.

I feel like I say this every year, but this is going to be the best Pancake Day yet. We are very fortunate to have great volunteers who love Pancake Day so much they are willing to spend hours planning, organizing, setting up and keeping the day running smoothly. What a great group of people!

We are also fortunate to have great sponsors. Our “golden” sponsors donate more than $1,000 each and most of them do it every single year. Golden sponsors are HyVee, Curwood, Owl Pharmacy, Photography by the Browns, Jim Irelan Men’s Wear, Daily Iowegian, Fareway, Cline Companies, KMGO-KCOG and Walmart. We appreciate every donation and we have a complete list on our website.

See you on Pancake Day!

Centerville Chamber of Commerce, 128 N. 12th St., Centerville, 641-437-4102,

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